Jasmine Fiore’s ex-boyfriend is ‘happy’ Ryan Jenkins is apparent suicide
A former boyfriend of murdered model Jasmine Fiore said he was glad when he heard that her husband, Ryan Jenkins, the reality show contestant who police say savagely killed her, had hanged himself in a Canadian motel room.
“I was happy that he killed himself,” Robert Hasman told TODAY’s Ann Curry Monday from Burbank, Calif.
Hasman apparently was one of the last people to have contact with Fiore before she was killed early on Saturday, Aug. 15. There has been speculation that Jenkins may have killed Fiore because he was jealous of her former boyfriends.
and what Lisa Lepore, Fiore’s mother thinks of Ryan Jenkins?
‘He was a fake’
Fiore’s mother, Lisa Lepore, who also spoke with Curry, said that Jenkins was a phony who preyed on women.
“This man was a professional con man,” Lepore said. “He targeted women, I believe. He wanted to be something that he wasn’t. He wanted to be and have what Jasmine had.
“She was for real. She earned what she had. He was a fake.”
Fiore and Jenkins had been married on March 18 in Las Vegas after a brief courtship. A native Canadian who described himself as a millionaire, Jenkins just finished filming “Megan Wants a Millionaire,” a VH1 reality show that has been canceled in the wake of the murder.
The Jenkins-Fiore marriage was stormy from the beginning, with Fiore having her husband arrested in Las Vegas for domestic assault. They “had a big blowout” in May because he was jealous of her ex-boyfriends, according to published reports, and broke up. Jenkins went to Mexico to do another reality show, but continued to try to salvage the marriage.
On again, off again
Fiore said the marriage was annulled, although The Associated Press said it found no records to back that claim up. Jenkins and Fiore reconciled in June for a brief period, then got together again in August.
“He convinced her during that month that he was really the guy for her,” Lepore said, according to AP. “He wrote poems and stories, and prayed, and [claimed he] had this huge spiritual awakening.”
Fiore was with Jenkins when she sent text messages and e-mails to Hasman on the Thursday and Friday before she was killed. “Jasmine and I spoke Thursday night,” Hasman said.
According to TMZ.com, Hasman and Fiore had spent time together in Los Cabos, Mexico, last month. Hasman told Curry he had no idea that Fiore was with Hasman when they communicated on Aug. 13 and 14.
“We exchanged several texts, also e-mails as well,” Hasman said. “The last text I received from her was about 1:45 in the morning on Friday. She wanted to come to Las Vegas. She wanted to come and see me. Her last message was, ‘I’m coming.’ ”
Murdered and mutilated
It is not known whether it was those messages that sent Jenkins over the edge. But within a day, Fiore was dead and her savagely beaten and mutilated body was discovered in a Dumpster in a town about 20 miles outside of Los Angeles.
“I can only assume that that might have been the cause, his motive,” Hasman told Curry. “I don’t know.”
Jenkins reported Fiore missing to police and then disappeared. As police searched for him, he apparently drove to Washington state, where he put his boat in the water and went to Canada. His body was discovered in a motel room Sunday in Hope, British Columbia.
Lepore was still struggling with her emotions after learning that Jenkins was dead.
“It’s a mixed reaction. It brings some closure to what’s been going on,” she told Curry. “We don’t have to worry about looking for him anymore, or being worried that he’s a threat to any other women or men. We still have a long process of closure.”
Lepore has been quoted as saying that she had misgivings about Jenkins, but, she told Curry, her daughter was 28 years old and capable of taking care of herself.
“She [was] a grown woman, and all of the men in her life have been incredibly loving, good men. I supported her when she split up with him. They had a rocky relationship,” Lepore said. “She didn’t really need him. She had a lot going for her. She had good friends. I just encouraged her in her separation. It’s kind of all you can do.”
Besides her work as a model, Fiore had been planning to open a fitness studio before she was killed.